Good Reads

If you are interested in reading more about human evolution or mortuary practices, here are a few suggestions.

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Klein (2009) The Human Career: Human Biological and Cultural Origins, 3rd Edition, University of Chicago Press
If you’re looking for an overall look at the origins of our species and our ancestors, this is a great book. It is an expensive and chunky book, but it’s easy to dip in and out of when you have a question.

Roberts (2014) The Incredibly Unlikeliness of Being: Evolution and the Making of Us, Heron Books
Alice Roberts takes each element of the body – hands, head, feet, etc – and looks at how each part of your body has evolved. Not strictly just human evolution, but it is a general book on evolution and our place in tree of life.


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Papagianni & Morse (2014) The Neanderthals Rediscovered, Thames & Hudson

If you’re looking for a general introduction to the Neanderthals, look no further. This has all of the most up to date research in a simple and accessible format for anyone.

Pääbo (2014) Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes, Basic Civitas Books
A fascinating book about what the Neanderthal genome is telling us about our closest relatives, the Neanderthals.

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Aiello & Dean (1990) An Introduction to Human Evolutionary Anatomy, Academic Press

I absolutely love this book! It takes you through the body, element by element, and explains the compares the differences between each hominid species. If you wanted to know things like what differences in the legs would mean for walking, this it the book for you.

White (2005) The Human Bone Manual, Academic Press
A great practical guide to identifying human skeletal remains. Good quality pictures, helpful hints for siding, and all of the essential info for aging and sexing.

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Parker Pearson (2003) The Archaeology of Death and Burial, The History Press
This book looks at funerary practices from many different angles and periods in time, a highly recommended book if you are looking for a starting point to funerary practices.

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